CFP: Storytelling as Outreach: Approaches to Teaching German Fairy Tales (Sep 30 2018; March 21-24 2019)


50th Anniversary Convention: Northeastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

March 21-24, 2019

Washington, DC

Host Institution: Georgetown University


From the Grimms to the present, German Märchen have represented a significant cultural development and a body of text that is particularly accessible for language learners. Because of this, most German language programs include fairy tales as a part of curriculum at multiple levels. Many programs use fairy tales as the starting point for project-based learning units in beginning language classes, for stand-alone courses taught in German, and for outreach courses taught in English or in a mix of English and German. Indeed, program-building discussions often recommend the development of a dedicated “fairy tales course” as a way of increasing German programs’ presence on college campuses.

            Still, many questions remain as to how best to teach these rich, diverse, and inviting texts. To what extent can or should theoretical approaches to literature and cultural studies be taught through fairy tales? How can new theoretical approaches to fairy tales and new multi-media materials enrich fairy tale curriculum? How can one best use fairy tales to encourage long-term deep learning? To what extent is it productive to include non-German texts in fairy tale teaching curriculum? What are the greatest challenges in teaching German fairy tales and how can these be overcome?


This panel invites contributions to the ongoing discussion of how best to teach fairy tales in various German classroom settings.


Of particular interest are presentations addressing innovative teaching and outreach aspects of teaching fairy tales, including :

-       Project-based learning

-       Interdisciplinary collaborations

-       Multi-media projects

-       German fairy tale courses as general education courses

-       Theatrical and/or performative pedagogy

-       Creative approaches to teaching fairy tales

-       Using fairy tales to teach about political and social issues

-       Use of open-source teaching materials

-       Presentations that share practical tips and/or materials


Please submit abstracts of approximately 250 words, including the submitter’s biographical information, through the NeMLA website:  


Submission deadline: September 30, 2018


For inquiries about the panel, contact:

Pascale LaFountain, Assistant Professor of German and French, Montclair State University ([log in to unmask])

Pascale LaFountain
Assistant Professor of German and French
Department of Modern Languages & Literatures
222 Schmitt Hall
Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043

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